We are pleased to share the scope and sequence of the RTHS Biotechnology Curriculum. The outline below includes links to online videos, animations, and articles as well as the documents that were used during the lessons. The readings are excerpts from Raleigh Charter High School Biology Course Guides. These units were developed by Dr. Lara Pacifici and Dr. Amanda Marvelle, both our first Biology teachers at RTHS.
Unit 2 – Biochemistry
During this unit we focused on Enzymes and their use in the production of bioethanol. We used examples from the work of a local biotechnology company, Novozymes.
Enzymes (what they are and how they work)
Enzyme, Corn, and Bioethanol Research Project
Video Tour of an Ethanol Plant (video)
1st step of Bioethanol production: Alpha Amylase & Ground Corn Experiment
Scientists from Novozymes came to each class to talk about enzymes and their work at Novozymes.
Unit 5 – DNA and Protein Synthesis
During this unit students learned the basics about DNA, Replication, and Protein synthesis. At the end of the unit we introduced them to the field of biotechnology and how restriction enzymes can cut DNA.
Learn how to use a micropipette
Introduction to Biotechnology
Paper Plasmid Model
Restriction Enzyme Lab
Finish Restriction Enzyme Lab
Lab Write-up for homework
During Unit 11 – Invertebrates
While students were learning about invertebrates we had our 2 flex days, where students visited Syngenta Biotechnology for four hours. They toured the company and got to see the production of Bt corn from start to finish. In order to prepare for this visit, they completed pre-visit work, had questions to focus on during the visit, and completed post-visit homework and classwork.
Preparing for the genetic engineering unit and the student’s trip to Syngenta
Biotechnology Article: New Shade of Green: a Stark Shift for Onetime Foe of Genetic Engineering in Crops. A onetime leader of the anti-GMO movement now embraces that technology as a planet saver.
FLEX Day visit to Sygenta
READ the pre-visit research document
Outline the steps of making Bt corn in the pre-visit research document using this information module
Begin researching for your job description
Unit 12 – Biotechnology
This unit is a summary and culmination of our trip to Syngenta and the biotechnology topics we have done in class all year.
-Turn in Syngenta Job Description from Flex Day
-Write a 4-6 sentence paragraph explaining whose job of the 5 scientists you met you would most like to have yourself and why.
The Ethics of Biotechnology Discussion
View UNC TV's video of Syngenta's Mary Dell Chilton, and other resources based upon their work.
Bt Corn Genetic Engineering Process. Students go through the step-by-step process for making Bt corn